Spark The Change

EdLab Spark: Support an activity at The Place Fallowfield

The Place in Fallowfield is a multi use learning centre incorporating Fallowfield library. There are courses offered by the WEA and it is supported by local housing provider One Manchester. It is an inspiring example of the community and local businesses coming together to save a great local resource from the cuts. The Place is home to some larger events which showcase different opportunities available. One example of this is an upcoming event on apprenticeships in January.

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When people arrive at education events they may be nervous. They may not have had the best time at school or other education. They may lack confidence in seeking out new opportunities.

Can you design an activity that can happen to support other events. Your mission is to help people gain confidence about learning and make a link to what they have already done. It might be full of familiar and friendly things and allow them to get involved in a fun way. At the end of visiting your stall, they should come away feeling positive about what they already know and ready to learn more.

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All Welcome at the Community Learning Festival 25 – 27 July 2017

The Community Learning Festival is an exciting and free event happening at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks building on Tuesday, 25 July – Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12 – 6pm.

The festival is a celebration of the diversity of learning happening in the local area. It’s a chance for community learning providers and University projects to come together and enjoy the facilities at the Brooks building for a series of lively and interesting events.

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The festival will have a range of activities, workshops, walks and talks over the three days. Each day features workshops on themes like democracy, care, community and the environment. Most importantly, there is always something going on for all ages and interests.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Music, rap and spoken word sessions
  • Art and textiles workshops mixing creative craft and technology
  • Creative walks and digital story trails
  • Debates and discussions on local and global issues
  • Junk Percussion workshops
  • Talks and films on civic action and social justice

The Festival has been organised by the Manchester Met Faculty of Education in association with community partners including Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust, Hideaway and Hulme Community Garden Centre.

Help us promote the Festival. Images and Workshops highlights to share with your networks via email and social media are available on the EdLab website:

EdLab Spark: Support Mixed-Race Primary School Children

Mix-d is an organisation which works with young people who are mixed race to give voice to this underrepresented group. Mix-d have worked with this group over a number of years to hear and understand the perspectives of mixed-race young people, and as a result have created a number of packs to support professionals in working with these young people.

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Mix-d have offered to work with EdLab students to create a professionals pack to support primary school teachers working with mixed-race children. This pack would be the first of its kind in the UK, and could help teachers to work with mixed-race children in a positive manner which helps to develop a strong and positive sense of identity.

More Information: 

To get involved in this project, or to work on a challenge which supports the development of this project, contact juliette.wilson@mmu.ac.uk or edlab@mmu.ac.uk

Key Partner: Mix-d http://www.mix-d.org/about

Key Words: Primary, Race, Mixed-Race, Educational Packs, Identity Formation, Social Enterprise, Social Justice

EdLab Spark: Conduct a Consultation with LGBT Youth on Virtual Community groups

The Proud Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the UK. In 2013 Manchester’s LGBT youth group said there was a ‘gap’ in how they get and need support. The Proud Trust would therefore like to understand how a virtual community group could support young LGBT people and fill this gap for those feeling isolated from services.

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Research demonstrates the persistent disadvantage towards LGBT youth for example,within education due to homophobic bullying. Therefore, a virtual community group may do something to alleviate these issues for young people in education, and The Proud Trust would like students to investigate the potential.

(see: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/The_School_Report__2012_.pdf)

More Information:

If you would like to create and deliver a consultation on the use of a virtual community group for LGBT young people please contact juliette.wilson@mmu.ac.uk or edlab@mmu.ac.uk

Partner Name: The Proud Trust – http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/

Keywords: LGBT, online community group, support

Community Event – 27-7-2016 – Feminist Webs Archive

The Feminist Webs Archive was set up in September 2008 by a group of young women, their female youth workers and allies.

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The collection is ever-growing with contributions from older, feminist youth workers and consists of photographs, banners, leaflets, magazines, oral “her-stories” and various other documents that are related to feminist youth work with girls and young women.  The archive is made up of a physical collection, but also an online, digital collection.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 27-7-2016 -Noisy Toys Workshop at Brooks Community Learning Festival Tues 26th July

Working in groups we will complete various experiments with sound and electronics, building simple electronic instruments using circuits. Each group is given a Circuit Box, which contains useful bits of junk, salvaged from discarded computers.

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We will learn how to easily make mechanical acoustic instruments from this treasure. Making new things out of junk is called ‘Upcycling’. We will experiment with basic components of circuitry and touch on electromagnetism and the workings of speaker drivers and electric motors. The sounds that we produce with our instruments can be changed, and we will explore the sonic possibilities that they offer.

We will, of course, also be testing each other’s noses and feeling 1000 watts of bass vibrations with our fingers.

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This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival.

To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Situate Yourself: Exploring Hulme Story Trails with Petrus Homeless Project

EdLab MMU and Community Arts North West have recently hosted a visit from Petrus Homeless project to the Brooks Building in Hulme. The visit inspired and supported the Hidden Rochdale project, a highly interactive digital trail that will tell the hidden stories of Petrus homeless service-users. Their goal is to take the audience on a provocative and highly engaging journey through Rochdale to uncover digital artifacts that will be concealed in the landscape.

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To prepare, the EdLab MMU team worked with Hulme residents to create a mini-trail of Hidden Hulme. During the visit, this trail was explored to experiment with the use of mobile recording technologies, location aware, tagging and tracking technologies.

 

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Mick Chesterman and James Duggan from the MMU shared advice on creating interactive, digital story trails for smart phones. Some of the key tips included.

  • Use simple to use, accessible tech (e.g. QR codes) and free Treasure Hunt apps for phones (e.g. Actionbound)
  • Always test your trails
  • You can integrate your codes into attractive designs to customise your trail
  • Go back and test some more

Mick Chesterman, EdLab MMU project developer shared:

For the test trail we took the approach of using low cost equipment to record local activities and stories in a simple but intimate way. Codes are then displayed where the videos were recorded which draws those doing the trail into new spaces, opening up new experiences and connections to an area.

More info:

The project page for Hidden is here – http://can.uk.com/new-communities/hidden/
The Petrus group will come back and share the results of their digital storytelling workshops at the Brooks Building on the 27th of July as part of the Community Learning Festival.

 

 

EdLab Spark: Be a Sports Volunteer and Run Your Own Pop Up Sports Event

Sport Volunteering is a vibrant programme offered by MMU sport through the Sports Volunteer coordinator. It offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to enhance their student experience and employability through following their passion for sport.

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MMU Sports Volunteering has teamed up with EdLab to challenge students to design their own pop up education stall for sports events. This stall could be sharing information about any subject but there should ideally be a link to the location or sports event involved.

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EdLab Spark: Use Drama to Explore Personal and Political Issues

We often explore many of the issues that face us today through research and spoken debate. In a school setting this may involve presentations from teachers, supplementary reading, questions and a short discussion.

Drama games and techniques offer radically different ways to explore contemporary political and personal aspects of our lives.

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One challenge of the use of Drama games and the introduction of role play is the negative reaction of participants. Some may feel they are leaving their comfort zone. There are many techniques which take account of these feelings and introduce ways to help everyone be able to communicate in an inclusive way. You can explore warm up games, still image theatre and use of narrator / joker to bring everyone into the story.

For us at EdLab, one particular area of interest is the effect of Digital Technology and new laws on our lives. Should we be able to communicate privately with each other digitally? What is the effect of bulk monitoring of all our communications? Where is the right trade off between safety from domestic attacks and the right to privacy?  

You can explore any issue that you think brings together the personal and political and is of interest to your target audience.

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EdLab Spark: One Manchester – Education in Housing Challenges

One Manchester is a housing association that covers parts of South and East Manchester. As well as providing social housing to their customers they also help them with other services including opportunities for learning life skills. Currently these include a job search club, training around service support jobs.

They are interested in learning opportunities that will attract customers who are not pulled in by what they currently offer.

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EdLab Spark: Organise a Film screening at the Brooks Building

The challenge to work with staff promote  one off or regular film screenings in the Brook Building. Your key role will be to decide the right films, work out the practicalities and then carry out a plan to promote these free film events to your target audience be it student, staff or local people.

Watching films is a great way to bring different members of the community together and to share ideas and spark positive action.

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Showing films brings people together. In Heaton the Savoy Picture House has been transformed from a run down flea pit to a thriving community hub. A recent screening of the film Suffragette saw the place packed out.

A film can be used as the start of a conversation. Community and Art film houses like the  Home and other local Picture Houses bring in the directors and associated groups and individuals to share details of the issues and build connections to social movements.

Movies can inspire you to change the world. Seeing the positive transformations that passionate individuals can create a willingness to work together on a local level.

More Information:
If you would like to support and develop this project please contact m.chesterman@mmu.ac.uk or edlab@mmu.ac.uk

Partner Name: Various – Faculty of Education, Brooks Facilities Team, Student Union
Keywords: film screening, community development, arts, civic action, popular education, local forums

 

EdLab Spark: Support the Educational Work of Street-Child in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone there is a dangerously worrying fact facing vulnerable young girls looking for a fair start in life: they’re simply not being given the opportunity to stay in school.

UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25%. Investment in girls’ education also has a multiplier effect: educated girls benefit from better family planning and have healthier children who are more likely to remain in education themselves. But Sierra Leonean girls are increasingly likely to drop out of school at this vital stage.1461757135471

Street-Child are a charity who work to address these issues.See: http://www.street-child.co.uk/

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EdLab Challenge: Raise Awareness of Educational Inequality with Street-Child

In Sierra Leone there is a dangerously worrying fact facing vulnerable young girls looking for a fair start in life: they’re simply not being given the opportunity to stay in school.

UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25%. Investment in girls’ education also has a multiplier effect: educated girls benefit from better family planning and have healthier children who are more likely to remain in education themselves. But Sierra Leonean girls are increasingly likely to drop out of school at this vital stage.

Street-Child are a charity who work to address these issues. Juliet from Street-Child said that they are keen to work with MMU students to support their work. The challenge is to raise funds and awareness of the educational issues faced Sierra Leone. Contact EdLab to get involved!

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